Great Concept, Food Lags Behind
Restaurant: Nukkadwala
Reviewer: Aalok Wadhwa | 3rd February 2016 | Reviewer Rating (Out of 5) 3.63

Nukkadwala is a QSR chain from the construction giants Vatika group that has made its debut on Sohna Road. It serves food from the various nooks and corner of India to handpick some iconic dishes. I am here at the invitation of Vatika group to sample out the food here. The interiors are more like a college canteen, with wooden benches and tables designed to ensure you do not linger in there.

Food hits highs and lows, with the low dishes tending to go very low. Authenticity is also a question mark with many dishes, while as expected, dishes from the north fare high on the authenticity scale. So while the idea is very exciting and with a great future, it has been tried by others, and everywhere the problem has been that expectation are raised when customers from different parts of the city just do not find the experience authentic.

Amchi Vada Pav (Rs 48) has nothing amchi about it, because both the vada and the pao are far from the original. While the pao is bready and not soft and chewy, the vada is just not crisp enough.

Gunpowder Idly (Rs 80) miss the mark completely. The idly is hard and still undercooked and so a big disappointment. The mood changes with Parsi Akuri (Rs 80) where the egg has been cooked pretty sensitively and retains its creaminess.

                                   Parsi Akuri

Sealdah Mutton Cutlet (Rs 120) is a treat for those from Kolkata. Katra Samosa (Rs 20) is their highest selling dish because it captures the taste of Chandni Chowk in it.

          Sealdah Mutton Cutlet                                Katra Samosa

Redi Muttra Kulcha (Rs 80) is a posh, butter laden version of the street classic of NCR. The mutton in Andhra Mutton Tiffin (Rs 180) is amazingly good. Cooked till it is most yielding with some exciting flavours. This dish is recommended. The pendulum swings back and Kutchi Dabeli (Rs 80) is a disappointment, since the dish neither looks nor tastes like Kutchi Dabeli.

             Redi Muttra Kulcha                              Kutchi Dabeli

Bebinca (Rs 95) is too dense to be enjoyed.

                    Bebinca                                             Keema Samosa

Tappri Masala Chai (Rs 40) and Meerut Shikanji (Rs 43) are both competently made.

               Meerut Shikanji

If this chain has to do well, they must fix the food since a customer who is disappointed the first time is unlikely to come back.

Please note: This review was done on an invitation from the restaurant to taste their food, and no bill was presented to the author. While the author assures you of objectivity, the review may be influenced by the personalized attention the author got.

Ratings (Out of 5)

Food: 3.0 | Ambience: 3.5 | Service: 4.0 | Value: 4.0 | Overall: 3.5

Meal for two: Rs.500 | Alcohol: No | Credit Card: Yes | Wheel chair friendly: Yes

Address: Ground Floor, Block 3, Vatika Business Park, Sector 49, Sohna Road, Gurgaon 122018. Tel: +91 8800339426, 0124 4232948

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Restaurant Information
Nukkadwala Nukkadwala
Ground Floor, Block 3, Vatika Business Park, Sohna Road, Gurgaon 122018
Telephone: 0124 4232948, +91 9711060313 view on a map
Opening Hours: 9 AM to 11 PM
Average Price: Rs. 400 - 500